Help Buddy Fight Cancer

$905 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 35 months
Kevin Wright
on behalf of Roger Buddy Boane
Hi everyone! My name is Roger Buddy Andrew Boane. A very long name for a tall fellow. I am 6'4" tall. I retired from law enforcement in Tennessee after 36 years. That was in 5 different departments. I was not smart enough (and no one told me) to put the money I received from retirement into a retirement fund so I would have it when i got to retirement age. So I did not.

Well, as healthy as I am, most people think I'm 45 ( I am 60), I now have melanoma cancer. Melanoma cancer is a very aggressive cancer and it is on my right heel. I have had one operation and about a third of my heel is now gone. Now after learning how to walk again, the doctors say the cancer is back after only 5 months. Like I said it is very aggressive! Because of this I have not worked in over 5 months. My wife's income and a small pension from the state of Tennessee is what we are living on right now. If it were not for my family, friends, and our church we would have lost our house and well as our 2 vehicles. We now know first hand how hard mentally, physically, and financially it is to go through this ordeal. That is why we are looking for help because as most everyone knows, that has had cancer or had a loved one with cancer, there are no programs out there to help with finances unless you are at poverty level or under.

Please visit my page for more ways to help.
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Hello every one. The bicycle trip across Tennessee to promote Melanoma cancer awareness was a success! We had a lot of positive feed back, and learned that there are a lot of people suffering a lot worse than I am. The stories I heard were encouraging yet some were really sad. We even had cars and trucks stopping saying thank you and honking their horns giving us encouragement. It makes me more determined than ever to start a non-profit organization to help people with cancer pay their every day bills.

There is a common theme about every story I heard: I first got cancer, was devastated mentally, then came the treatments which drained me physically, then the bills start coming in. Not just the doctor bills, but the every day bills; electric bill, money for gas to go to the doctor, losing your job because you can’t do what you used to do before the cancer. Then the depression sets in or you start feeling sorry for yourself. Then you start loosing your car, your dogs and cats, your mobility, your house and you sink further into depression. Then you withdraw from friends and family, think about suicide, or even commit suicide.

Tina and I think we can help people with this problem. If you have anyone that has cancer, please have them contact me, or you contact me, and I will contact them. In the meantime, help me get this organization started. We can all help somebody, we just have to step forward and do it!

We will be having fund raisers before long. Just to get the non-profit registered with the federal government and Tennessee, is going to take around $1000.

Please help us help others. Help a buddy fight cancer!!
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Well everyone, the time has come. The bicycle ride across Tennessee for Melanoma Cancer Awareness is next week. I will start my ride from Kingsport on the 15th of May and end in the 20th of May in Memphis. I believe that GOD will be leading me on this trip to make more people aware of how bad melanoma cancer is.
I was on WBBJ TV today and told everyone in the Jackson area about our ride. Tom Britt, an old friend from my UTM days, interviewed me. We did a spot for the local area and one for CBS. He really helped get the word out!
I really want to thank Kevin Wright, my good friend from Nashville, for his help. Kevin, I could not have done this without your help. We also have a new sponsor: JRN Kentucky Fried Chicken. So we will be eating at KFC with the Colonel while on the ride. Please support our new sponsor. We are still about $500 short, but I know GOD will help us through. If you would like a shirt or want to contribute, go to: my go fund me link, or send me an email to
Please keep us in your prayers, my wife Tina, my father-in-law Jr., and my good friend Quentin.

Your Buddy,
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It is April! Fresh flowers blooming, rain and wind and getting ready for Spring! I am getting more ready for the bicycle ride across the state from Kingsport to Memphis. A lot of people think it cannot be done by a 61 year old with cancer. I am going to do it with the help of GOD and my wife, and a few of our friends. We leave from Kingsport on May 15th and on the 16th we will be east of Knoxville. On May 17th we will be close to Sparta then in Brentwood on the 18th. We will be in Linden on the 19th, in Jackson near 3:30pm on this day, and on into Memphis on the 20th. If the weather looks bad the week of May 15th, then we will go on May 22nd through the 27th. It will be a strenuous ride, but I know I can do it because with Summer coming more people need to know just how dangerous Melanoma cancer is! May being Melanoma month, just makes that much more sense.
My wife and I are still looking for sponsors. I will be at Bells Bend Park for the Outdoor Extravaganza on April 8th. Come join in the fun and contribute to this ride. We are still around $2,000 short, and I would like to be able to start the non-profit organization Help a buddy fight cancer, after the ride with the money we have left over. This organization will be to help people in Tennessee that because of cancer cannot pay their everyday bills.
My treatments (called V-Tech) seem to be working. I have at least 2 more treatments before we find out for sure whether it is killing the cancer. Keep me in your prayers, you are in mine.
Here are the tentative times and dates for the ride:
5/15 Kingsport to east of Knoxville
Surgoinsville 9am
Mooresburg 11am
Morristown 2pm
New Market 4pm
Trentville 5-5:30pm
east of Knoxville 6:30-7pm
5/16 east of Knoxville to Sparta
Farragut 9am
Kingston 11:30-noon
Rockwood 2-2:30pm
Crab Orchard 3:30-4pm
Crossville 5pm
Sparta 7-7:30pm
5/17 Sparta to Brentwood
Smithville 9am
Liberty 10am
Alexandria 11-11:30am
Watertown 12:30-1pm
Lebanon 2:30pm
Green Hill 4-4:30pm
Oak Hill 5:30-6pm
Brentwood 7-7;30pm
5/18 Brentwood to Linden
Franklin 8-8:30am
Spring Hill 10-10:30am
Columbia 12:30
Hampshire 3-3:30pm
Gordonsburg 4:30pm
Hohenwald 5:30-6pm
Linden 7-7:30pm
5/19 Linden to Brownsville
Parsons 9am
Lexington 11am
Spring Creek 12:30
Gilmore 1:30pm
Jackson 3:30pm
Huntersville 4:30pm
Brownsville 6:30-7pm
5/20 Brownsville to Memphis
Mason 9am
Arlington 10:30am
east Memphis 12:30
Bass Pro Shop 3-4pm

As always, your buddy
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$905 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 35 months
Created December 16, 2015
Kevin Wright
on behalf of Roger Buddy Boane
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Allen Underwood
18 months ago

I am with JRN and met you when you came through Columbia. The next JRN Newsletter will feature you. All issues can be read at

Daniel Gilbert
19 months ago

Miss you Buddy. Safe Travels on the bike!

Butch West
27 months ago

Stay Strong Buddy!

Butch West
29 months ago

Tried to donate when you were first diagnosed but couldn't find the site. Good luck and God speed.

Sam Barnes
29 months ago

My prayers to you brother......

34 months ago
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